I took some questions from ESPNLosAngeles.com in anticipation of tonight’s matchup.
The Lakers are now 8-9 and staring down nine December road games. The first comes against the Houston Rockets, a similarly rebuilt team tasked with coming together on the fly. After a slow start, they’re seemingly in better sync these days, having won four of their past five games. Not that the Lakers have earned the right to take any team lightly — just ask the Orlando Magic — but Houston may offer a tougher contest than I certainly figured a month ago.